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    Identifying my new Bianchi frame

    I picked this up off craigslist yesterday, and I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is. My best guess is a '93-'94 Reparto Corse SBX. Any guesses? The only 93-94 catalogs I could find online were from Japan.

    - Serial #: 55C1113
    - Tubing: Colombus SBX
    - Other stickers: Made in Italy - Campione del Mondo.
    - No marking on the rear dropouts.
    - Under the rear brake bridge it reads SLVA (or maybe SILVA)







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    I have a TSX with the same paint and decal style. I was told mine was a '95, but I'm completely sure. The Japan catalogs on-line are difficult to use because the pictures are so small. Nice find though. No fork?

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    No fork unfortunately, but I'm planning for a build with modern components so I was thinking of getting a chrome fork (I saw someone mentioning the Soma forks, it looks like it'd work...).

    The buyer listed it as a 52 but I just measured it and it doesn't measure like a 52 at all. I guess that's what the 55 in the serial number means. It might be a bit too large for me, which sucks because I quite like it.
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    I believe the Silva on the brake bridge is just the brand of bridge. The frame is a '93ish (that is when they came out and were cataloged a few years then sold until supply exhausted) and my understand is these were SLX frame but with the heavier and ovalized DT and heavier chainstays to get the famous SuperSet frame. I understand these were great riding bikes but never had the chance to find out. I know they were sold as framesets but I can't recall how or if they were sold as complete bikes, I check in the morning.
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    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlaspf View Post
    No fork unfortunately, but I'm planning for a build with modern components so I was thinking of getting a chrome fork (I saw someone mentioning the Soma forks, it looks like it'd work...).

    The buyer listed it as a 52 but I just measured it and it doesn't measure like a 52 at all. I guess that's what the 55 in the serial number means. It might be a bit too large for me, which sucks because I quite like it.
    Weren't these measured C-T for the serial? My "59" EL/OS measures more like a 57.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hxzero View Post
    Weren't these measured C-T for the serial? My "59" EL/OS measures more like a 57.
    It should, like most all Bianchis, be measured center to top of the scalloped area of the seatlugg.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

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    Junior Member nlaspf's Avatar
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    You're right. C-C is about 53. It does look slightly larger than my current 53cm bike but it might still work.
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